Claims have been made that since the anti-police backlash after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, robbery and murder rates have increased in certain cities. However, a new study by Arizona State University and the University of Colorado Boulder finds little truth to the so-called “Ferguson Effect.” Study co-author Scott Decker, foundation professor of criminology and criminal justice at ASU, will talk about the study
A discussion will be held at the Arizona Science Center May 27 on how pop culture and the arts can be used to spark learning and the development of new technology. Science fiction writer Richard Peck will speak, along with his son Mason Peck, who was inspired by his father’s writings to become NASA’s chief technologist. Richard Peck and Brad Snyder, executive director for Arizona State University’s Dion Initiative for Child Well-Being and Bullying Prevention, which is helping put on the event, will tell us more.
Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard launched a campaign to help stop dark money in Arizona. Goddard, who thinks money given anonymously to political campaigns, has created a new non-profit to fight dark money. He’ll talk about his new organization, the Vox Populi Association of Arizona.
Bill Straus, the Arizona Regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, is stepping down from his position at the end of this year after 13 years at the helm. Straus looks back at his years running the Arizona ADL, including the murder of Mesa gas station owner Balbir Singh Sodhi days after the 9-11 attacks.
The Phoenix City Council approved an ordinance banning discrimination against those from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Now that the ordinance is in place, city council member Tom Simplot will explain how it will be implemented.
The world’s most famous male ballet dancer grew up and trained here in Arizona, and he’s established a scholarship here to get more boys interested in ballet. David Hallberg has established the “David Hallberg Scholarship for Boys.” He will talk about his scholarship, his career, and bullying he faced as a boy while studying ballet.
The keynote speaker at the October 5th “Anti-Bullying Summit” at ASU, Dr. Dan Olweus, is a professor of psychology and a world leader in research and developing intervention programs to address the problems of childhood bullying. He talks about his work and how to address problems with bullying.
Kareem Awadalla, the host of a political program for the Egyptian Radio and Television Union, and a Humphrey Fellow who’s currently studying journalism at ASU, shares his perspective on riots and violence against U.S. diplomatic compounds taking place in the Middle East.
ASU law professor Paul Bender, an expert in constitutional law, explains “executive privilege”, a power President Obama invoked this week to avoid turning over to Congress certain Justice Department documents related to the botched anti-gun smuggling operation known as “Fast and Furious”. And, as the nation awaits U.S. Supreme court rulings on SB 1070 and the Affordable Care Act, Bender explains the High Court’s process for issuing opinions.
The suspected shooter in Wednesday’s murder-suicide in Gilbert, that left five people dead, is a man with past ties to a neo-Nazi organization. He was also the founder of an armed vigilante group that patrolled Arizona’s southern border for illegal immigrants. Learn more about J.T. Ready and the status of hate groups in Arizona from Bill Straus, Executive Director of the Arizona Anti-Defamation League.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down a Redondo Beach, California anti-solicitation ordinance that’s very similar to provisions of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 that are currently in effect. ASU Law Professor Carissa Hessick shares her views on whether or not the ruling opens the door for a legal challenge on parts of SB 1070.
The United States Supreme Court has heard arguments on a first amendment case involving anti-gay protests at the funerals of soldiers. Arizona State University Journalism Professor Joseph Russomanno was at the hearing and talks about the case.
Hate crimes have gone up locally and the number of hate groups has gone up considerably nationwide. Bill Straus of the local Anti-Defamation League will talk about hate crimes and the expansion of hate groups.
Bill Straus, Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League of Arizona, talks about Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon’s call for Sheriff Joe Arpaio to apologize for what Gordon calls the Sheriff’s associations with neo-Nazi groups. Straus also discusses hate groups in Arizona.
A bill has been introduced by State Representative Russell Pearce that would prohibit teaching of course matter in public schools that was anti-American or against Western values. Pearce will talk about his bill with State Representative David Lujan speaking against it.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving will hold a national �Walk Like MADD� event on Saturday, April 26th to raise funds for the anti-drunk driving group. The president of the local MADD organization and the president of UMADD, an Arizona State University anti-drunk driving organization, will talk about the event and efforts to combat drunk driving.
Two competing anti-smoking measures will be on the November ballot and both say they work in the interest of helping to protect people from secondhand smoke. Prop 201, Smoke Free Arizona, is backed by a coalition of health organizations and would ban smoking in most public spaces and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, arenas, offices, bowling alleys and nursing homes. Prop 206 from the Arizona Non-Smoker Protection Committee would ban smoking in most enclosed public places and places of employment but allow smoking in freestanding bars, and bar areas that are closed off and separately ventilated from adjacent non-smoking areas.
HORIZON introduces one of the most prominent professors on the Arizona State University campus, Assistant Law Professor Orde Kittrie. A former U.S. Department of State Director of International Anti-Crime Programs, Orde Kittrie has worked on U.S.-Mexico border issues, the reform of Jordanian business law, and negotiated five nuclear nonproliferation agreements between the U.S. and Russia, among many other initiatives. His efforts are now being recognized across the country, including being named one of the top international legal experts in the U.S.
susan Cutter, Director of the Hazards Research Lab, an anti-terrorism research center for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security joins HORIZON to talk about the botched response to Hurricane Katrina.
A look at the pros and cons of the bond proposal. Proponent Paul Johnson, Chairman of the Phoenix City Bond Election Committee, faces Jeff Greenspan of the anti-bond group "Stop Taxing our Property."
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AAA reported the average gas price in Arizona was $3.13 a gallon, eight cents higher than California's average of $3.05. Learn about anti-gouging legislation that has been attempted here in Arizona, why it failed and what is on the radar for next year's legislative session.